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17 January 2014 Issue # 54

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Government needs to act urgently on alcohol: AMA (WA)

The State Government should implement the key recommendations of the review of the Liquor Control Act without delay, the Australian Medical Association (WA) said.

“The recommendations made by the reviewers are eminently sensible and would be a huge leap forward in the battle to reduce the harm of alcohol while taking an adult approach to its responsible supply and use,” AMA (WA) President Dr Richard Choong said.


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AMA welcomes new interns for 2014

The AMA extends a warm welcome to the new cohort of interns who have recently completed their Intern Orientation. The AMA (WA) President and Council welcomes you to the profession and trusts that you will find your career choice and the experience of medicine a rewarding one.


The AMA has had the opportunity to touch base with you regarding the benefits of being part of your professional association. For those who have already joined the Association please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions regarding your employment or your entitlements. Clare Francis, one of our Executive Officers (Industrial) is a dedicated resource for all Doctors in Training members and she would be more than happy to hear from you.


If you have not yet joined the Association, we encourage you to consider the many benefits that exist in being part of the Association. Practitioners can join online, and whilst there, you may wish to check out our Member Benefits section.


MHS Agreement now registered

The Association wishes to advise that the Department of Health Medical Practitioners (Metropolitan Health Services) AMA Industrial Agreement 2013 (the 2013 Agreement) was registered by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 23 December 2013.

For more information, including when increases will be processed, please click here


RFDS Agreement secured

The Association is pleased to advise that the Royal Flying Doctors (Western Operations) AMA Medical Practitioners Agreement 2013 (the Agreement) was registered by the Fair Work Commission on 8 January 2013.

A summary of the key changes made is as follows:
• An 11 per cent increase to base salary over three years
• An 11 per cent increase to the Senior Medical Officer Allowance over three years
• An 11 per cent increase to the On-Call Allowance over three years
• An agreement to enforce the 10-hour break provision and ensure there is support for its practice.


During the negotiations RFDS had flagged several areas in which they wanted to introduce major changes:• Remove the ability for the Performance Bonus to be taken as leave

• Require practitioners to contribute towards the cost of providing housing
• Require practitioners to fill in time sheets after each shift.

The Association successfully negotiated to ensure that the above claims were not included in the Agreement.


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Membership Renewal

Continue to have access to individualised support and representation should you need it, and to the many member benefits and services that are only available to our members.

To renew your membership, please click here.

Find the AMA (WA) on social media

The AMA (WA) has ramped up its presence on social media over recent months, and is gaining traction on a daily basis.


Featuring a constant stream of news and information on all health-related topics in WA, the AMA (WA)'s Facebook and Twitter pages give medical practitioners and interns the news they need to know.


Join in the discussion, let your voice be heard, and help us spread health information that's important to the community.


Full-time GP position available

A practice in the inner metro area of Perth is seeking a GP for a full-time position.

The position has an excellent earning potential, is in a prime location and is a mixed billing practice.

If you would like further information on this or other vacancies available please contact one of our consultants for a confidential discussion at AMA Recruit on 9273 3033 or email

Expert Medical Evidence and Medical Records

If you are called to give evidence in court, how do you ensure that you are properly prepared? What is your role, can you give evidence that is detrimental to your patient, will you be paid, can you be sued for being negligent in the evidence you give?


Medical record keeping is a professional responsibility. Who owns the records, do you have to give your patient full access to the records, what records are they entitled to, do you have to correct errors in the records, what if you believe it’s not in the best interest of the patient to see their records, and can you charge a fee to allow the inspection of records?


If these are the questions you need answers to,  you should attend this seminar.


Date: Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Venue: AMA (WA), Nedlands
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start


For more information, please click here.


Coroner’s Court – Lifting the Veil

This seminar will cover what you need to know about appearing at a coronial inquest from both the perspective of the Office of the State Coroner and a medical defence organisation.
Doctors – of all specialties – are the most likely of any profession to be called on to give evidence at a coronial inquest.


This event is of particular importance for doctors of all specialties, especially interns, residents and registrars.

The seminar will explain why you need the support of the AMA or a MDO when appearing before a Coronial inquest.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014
Venue: AMA (WA), Nedlands
Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start


For more information, please click here.







Free CPR course for AMA (WA) GP members

Have you completed your CPR?

RACGP requires CPR to be completed in this 2014-2016 triennium.

The AMA (WA) is running free CPR courses for member doctors at the Nedlands premises on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings. The next course will take place on Saturday 15 March and there are only limited spaces available, so get in quick to avoid missing out.

For more information, please click here.


Enjoy HBF discounts by joining the AMA

AMA (WA) members receive up to 12 per cent off all HBF Hospitals and Essentials cover.

Receive a discount on any payments made in the year of taking up the discount offer (applies from the date of joining the AMA Corporate Plan).

To access this member benefit, quote your AMA Membership Number when you call HBF’s AMA Corporate Membership Line: 1300 132 549 or email


Exclusive Commonwealth Bank packages for AMA (WA) members

Commonwealth Bank is offering AMA (WA) members Wealth Package Plus, a complete package offering a range of premium banking, broking and investment products, including a discount of up to 0.85 per cent off the standard variable rate.

Also available are significant savings on the merchant rates charged on credit and debit card transactions in your practice. For more information, please click here.


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